Weekly CARC Update: 06/05/2024-12/05/2024


Hello Crofties, it’s that time of the week again – your weekly Croft report! And, as always, it’s been another busy week for the Sky Blues, with training and races a plenty! Shall we crack on??

Bank Holiday Monday meant no training for our younger Croft runners this week. Regardless, a few of them have been out showing everyone what they’re made of – while donning the infamous Sky Blue vest, might I add. But, more on that in a bit.

As for our Seniors, they were making the most of the warm, sunny weather with the training sessions on offer to them. Tuesday was a social run through the bluebell trails of Croft Wood. This proved to be a very popular session with a large number showing up for Huw’s “Magical Mystery Tour.” On Thursday, it was a trip over to Wigmore High School for a short interval session (and cake!) around the playing field.

In between all of that, on Wednesday, several of our runners were out racing!

First up, it was the second race in the Hereford Couriers 5k Series, where 8 of our runners came 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their age categories. Eric, running in the first wave, finished 4th overall and 2nd in his age category. Joe L, in wave two, finished 2nd overall and 2nd in his age category. There were also some fantastic performances from our three junior runners: Saffi, Oliver M and Owen S. Here is how all our Crofties did:

Eric Apperley – Wave 1 – 15:59 – 4th overall, 2nd Senior Male
Joe Lynch – Wave 2 – 18:56 – 2nd overall, 2nd Senior Male
Paul Parker – Wave 2 – 21:15 – 2nd V50 Male
Toby Spicer – Wave 2 – 21:19
Saffi Reid (Junior) – Wave 2 – 21:37 – 1st FU13
Jo Tilby – Wave 2 – 21:59 – 3rd V40 Female
Oliver Marsh – Wave 2 – 22:09 – 1st MU17
Neil Taylor – Wave 2 – 22:15
Bronwyn Preece – Wave 2 – 24:12
Owen Spicer – Wave 2 – 24:19 – 2nd MU13
Suzanne Purvin – Wave 2 – 26:50 – 2nd V60 Female

Elsewhere, Taite has been trying his hand at fell racing once again. The race, which also took place on Wednesday, was the second race in the Summer Shropshire Series – The Wrekin Streak. It was another impressive run by our youngster who, for the second race in a row, finished a brilliant second!

On Saturday, over at Ludlow Parkrun, there were two new Croft faces leading the way, with Steve P and Oscar A finishing in 1st and 2nd. Only five seconds separated the pair. Steve also managed a new PB in 21:08. Brilliant running Steve. Naomi was first female across the line – a position she’ll be finding ways to repeat we’re sure! Down the road in Hereford, Mark P recorded a new PB, with a time of 23:09. And, continuing his tour of Parkruns, Eric made his debut at Ross-on-Wye Parkrun, finishing first in a time of 17:17 – over a minute quicker than second place. Elsewhere, Guy, who was up at 3:45am to take his daughter to the start line at the Lap – a 47 mile race around Windermere, took part in the Workington Parkrun. He said that it was “pretty flat and all on tarmac,”. He managed to finish in 27:11. Doing his first run as a MV80. Tim W-H was also visiting a new Parkrun – Stonehaven Parkrun. Tim finished in 32:54, describing it as “hot and hilly!” Our Ludlow Parkrunners may say the same…

Not everyone was Parkrunning this weekend, with our Sky Blues appearing at several other races in the local vicinity and beyond!

Jo M took on the Big Black Mountains Challenge – a 31km route in the Brecon Beacons. Jo, who decided to complete the challenge with a run/walk strategy, finished in just under 4 hours in 3 hours and 52 minutes.

Another, slightly larger group, headed over to Clun this morning to take on the Clun Valley Challenge. With two different distances, our runners (and walkers) had the choice of completing either 16 miles or 26 miles. All of them seemed to really enjoy it, especially the buffet that was put on for participants at the finish line.

Further north, in Snowdonia, it was a big weekend for Tim as he took on the Ultra Trail 100km Challenge. Starting in Llanberis on Saturday morning at 4:45am, Tim travelled up and down several peaks before ending up back in Llanberis a total of 28 hours and 41 minutes later. Tim, who was suffering with some minor health issues on his travels said “that was probably the hardest race that I have completed.” Regardless, it’s an incredible effort.

And, Tim wasn’t the only Croftie up in Snowdon over the weekend. Nigel Taylor, Ireland and Patrick Pearson were also taking part in the 55k, 50k and 20k, respectively. Nigel finished in 11:41:00, with Ireland finishing the 50k in 12:38:49. Patrick finished the 20k in 04:16:12. Well done all.

Sunday brought with it, not just another warm and humid morning, but also more racing for our Crofties.

Eric was down in Carephilly taking part in the Carephilly 10k where he managed to record a 40 second course PB, while finishing 6th with a time just shy of 33 minutes.

The final race of the week was the RUN Hereford event, in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Our runners had the choice of taking part in either the 5k, 10k or Half Marathon, with Sky Blue vests appearing in all three races! In the 5k, Croft Junior – Saffi, finished 1st female and 3rd overall. In the 10k, Jo T came home second female, with Sue P and Sue W getting awards in their age category. Finally, in the Half Marathon, Sam J dominated the pack, finishing a long way ahead of the second place runner. Simon N and Ian P won age category awards. Full results:

Saffi Reid – 22:28 – 3rd overall, 1st female
Frank Luscott – 30:44 – 1st V65 Mal

Jo Tilby – 46:45 – 2nd female
Bronwyn Preece – 52:05
Suzanne Purvin – 57:32 – 3rd V60 female
Tori Dickinson – 01:04:51
Sue Wood – 01:05:02 – 1st V65 female

Half Marathon:
Sam Juson – 01:15:51 – 1st overall
Simon Norwood – 01:34:06 – 2nd V50 male
Jasper Robinson – 01:35:11
Ian Price – 02:07:46 – 3rd V70 male
Craig Price – 02:11:50
Carol Powell – 02:23:18

With plenty of races going ahead over the course of this next week, we’d like to wish our runners the best of luck in everything they are taking part in!  Please remember that our upcoming training sessions will be available to view on our Facebook page every Sunday evening. In the meantime, don’t forget, we’re always on the look out for your race reports for the website, so get posting them on Facebook or send them to either Sam H, Huw or myself (Bronwyn).

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